Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving mid-afternoon in Perth, the picturesque capital of Western Australia set on the Swan River, for a one night stay in a down-town hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.
Saturday 21 Auckland – Perth D
Sunday 22 Perth – Board the ‘Indian Pacific’ B L D
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board ‘Indian Pacific’ train.
Depart Perth, travelling in ‘Gold Class’ with time to settle into your comfortable cabin – home for the next two days and nights.
8:50pm arrive Kalgoolie – depart 1:20am
• The Outback Explorer Lounge is the train’s centre of activity
• Gold Service guests dine in the classically-appointed Queen Adelaide Restaurant
• The Gold sleeper cabin has beds which converts to a seat by day
Gold Class Service Features
• Comfortable sleeper cabin
• Private en-suite in cabin (for twin or double)
• All-inclusive dining
• All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
• All-inclusive off-train Excursions
The discovery of gold in the 1890s led to a population explosion as fortune seekers descended on the region. Today Kalgoolie-Boulder is the largest regional city in WA which still retains its sense of adventure and some of the characters of the early gold rush. Discover the city on your off-train excursion.
Monday 23 On board ‘Indian Pacific’ B L D
9:40am arrive Cook – depart 1:10pm
Stretch your legs and explore the old railway town of Cook, once a thriving community boasting a school, swimming pool, general store and housing to accommodate a population of 200. Now virtually abandoned, a self-guided map will allow you to walk and explore. 2.15pm - depart Cook with lunch served on-board.
Tuesday 24 Adelaide B L
An early morning breakfast served on-board before evening arriving in Adelaide at 7:20am. On arrival we enjoy a coach sightseeing tour of the city and surrounds. Includes morning tea at Seppeltsfield, followed by a heritage tour of the winery and Barossa Valley pub lunch before checking into your hotel at Glenelg. Remainder of the day at your leisure to walk along the beach or relax.
Adelaide – the capital of South Australia is situated on the River Torrens. With its multi-cultural atmosphere, many river-walking trails and impressive Art Gallery. With free time to explore, this city is the ideal stop-over before continuing your journey.
Wednesday 25 Adelaide - sightseeing B
After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Adelaide including Central Market, Historic North Terrace and the Adelaide Oval. Afternoon free for further sightseeing or retail therapy at the famous Rundle Mall.
Today drive to the jewel of Adelaide Hills – Hahndorf – Australia’s oldest German settlement. Now a great mix of old and new and fast becoming a foodies delight.
Thursday 26 Adelaide B
Swan Hill, a vibrant city on the banks of the fertile Murray River area, is rich in history and agriculture, especially citrus and wine.
Friday 27 Adelaide - Swan Hill B L D
After breakfast depart Adelaide along the Sturt Highway with a stop off at Waikerie and on to Mildura for lunch. Cross the Murray River and continue along the fertile Murray Valley to Swan Hill for an overnight stay.
Saturday 28 Swan Hill – Canberra B
Depart Swan Hill with stops at Deniliquin and Wagga Wagga. Continue to Gundagai to view the legendary ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’ and travel on to Australia’s capital Canberra for a two night stay.
Canberra, known as Australia’s ‘Bush Capital,’ was set up in 1908 as a compromise government location between rivals Sydney and Melbourne. Situated 290km south-west of Sydney and surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves, the city’s focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, a popular water playground with Parliament House on its shores.
Sunday 29 Canberra (sightseeing) B
This morning, our city sights tour includes Parliament House, Australian War Memorial and Embassy Row. At the conclusion of the city tour, an optional lunch cruise of Lake Burley Griffin is available.
Once on board, discover the innovative Celebrity Solstice, a ship that redefines cruising in New Zealand, ushering in a new era in style, accommodation options and indulgence.
On board sample the ‘Tuscan Grill’, the Grand Epernay Dining Room, one of 26 martinis served on a bar counter of solid ice in the Martini Bar, the Solarium, the Lawn Club – a half acre of grass, musical spectaculars, other dining destinations and a myriad of additional activities and entertainment. All meals are included.
Three days at sea and one day cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds makes for an exceptionally relaxing cruise – enabling you to enjoy the ship – a destination in itself.
Monday 30 Sydney – Celebrity Solstice B L D
Today travel to Circular Quay in downtown Sydney to join Celebrity Solstice, with a morning tea stop at Bowral along the way. Late lunch is available on board. Time in the afternoon to explore and orientate yourself with your home for the next 13 days. Sail out of Sydney Harbour through the ‘Heads’ late afternoon.
Tuesday 31 At Sea B L D
A full day to explore or shop in this cosmopolitan city.
Wednesday 01 Melbourne B L D
Thursday 02 At Sea B L D
Friday 03 At Sea B L D
Saturday 04 Milford Sound, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds B L D
Time to savour cruising Milford Sound. Rain or shine it is always a jewel in New Zealand’s crown. Continue cruising into picturesque Doubtful and Dusky sounds in Fiordland National Park.
Sunday 05 Port Chalmers (Dunedin) B L D
A full day to explore our most-Scottish city.
Monday 06 Akaroa B L D
Today either explore the quaint and picturesque Akaroa or travel into Christchurch to see the progress on the re-build.
Tuesday 07 Wellington B L D
A day to visit Te Papa and the new ‘Great War Exhibition’ created by Peter Jackson, located in the Dominion Museum Building.
Wednesday 08 At Sea B L D
Thursday 09 Mt Maunganui B L D
Be on deck as you sail alongside iconic Mount Maunganui into picturesque Pilot Bay. Either walk up or around the scenic Mount or enjoy the town centre with its stylish cafés and shops.
Friday 10 Bay of Islands B L D
Solstice will seem to tower over the islands as this is a tender port.
Ashore visit Paihia or take a ferry to Russell.
Saturday 11 Auckland B
It is now time to farewell your new friends and disembark after breakfast.
*itinerary subject to change